Gaspé Campus

Social Sciences, Commerce Profile

  • Diploma : Pre-University
  • Duration : 2 years
  • Quota : No
  • 300.3a
  • Scholarship opportunity

Program description

You are interested in learning more about the world, societies, and human relations? Come and explore the issues affecting humans with the support of a dynamic team and acquire the knowledge you need to go on to university in the field of management or administration. You will also acquire a solid training in mathematics. 

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Choosing to Study Here 

  • Become involved in research experiences that give you a chance to put into practice what you are learning and make the most of your intellectual energy.
  • Take part in meaningful field trips that stimulate authentic learning. 

  • Become involved in a humanistic educational project that helps you build psychosocial aptitudes. 

  • Build language skills to be able to communicate better verbally and in writing. 

Second Language Immersion 

Take your courses in French and in English, and get individual coaching.

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Combine weekly outdoor activities with your courses and obtain sport certifications at the end of your studies.

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Your University Studies 

The University programs available to you with a DEC in Social Sciences are: 

  • The field of administration and management (human resources management, business administration, accounting, etc.); 
  • Social science (politics, economics, history, geography, philosophy, criminology, law); 
  • Communications (communication, journalism, public relations, cinema, television); 
  • Education (pre-school, primary school, secondary school teaching, special education), social work, vocational and career counseling, sexology, industrial relations); 
  • And many other fields. 

Course Schedule

  • Differential Calculus  201-305-GA

    The course will teach you to apply the methods of differential calculus to the study of functions and to the solution of problems. You will be able to recognize and describe the characteristics of a function, determine if it has a limit, is continuous, is derivable, at a point and on an interval. You will also learn to apply the rules and techniques of derivation, to use the derivative and related concepts to analyze the variations of a function and to draw its graph. Finally, you will be able to solve optimization and rate of change problems. 

    History of Western Civilization  330-910-RE

    The course will lead you to a better understanding of the present world through the study of the significant contributions of the civilizations at the origin of the Western world and the way it was constituted in its temporal and spatial evolution. It will allow you to deepen your knowledge of the historical method, to discover your belonging to a specific human evolution and, finally, to develop your capacity of analysis and your critical thinking. 

    General Psychology 350-102-RE

    The course will familiarize you with the scientific foundations of the study of behavior and the factors that interact on the functioning of the human person. You will learn basic concepts that can be used later in other areas of psychology, as well as knowledge and skills that can be applied in life or in different settings. 

    Business Organization  401-303-GA

    The course will introduce you to the discipline of administration. You will approach the internal functions of marketing, finance, human resources management, production management and accounting through the administrative process. With this initiation, you will have an administrative vision of a number of business decisions. 

    Physical Activity and Health 109-101-MQ

    This course focuses on the relationship between physical fitness, healthy, and active lifestyle and health. You will have to experiment with one or a few physical activities and relate them to your ability to adapt to exercise, your needs to change or maintain your physical condition, your motivation, your lifestyle habits, and your knowledge regarding prevention, in order to make a relevant and justified choice of physical activities. 

    Knowledge 345-101-MQ

    The course Knowledge is about revealing our sources of knowledge. By referring back to the history of ideas, we can better understand how we know what we think we know and how to criticize what we think we know intelligently, thoughtfully, and efficiently. After studying the material throughout the course, students should be able to answer the following questions: How is knowledge acquired? Can we know anything? What can we know? 

    French Second Language 602-CGE-R4

    Description to come. 

    Introduction to College English 603-101-MQ

    Introduction to College English is designed to help students make the transition from high school English courses and to improve their writing and analytical skills necessary for college English. This course serves as the basis to the organizational and interpretative skills required in the other three courses of English. 

    One aim of the course is to explore works of literature in detail and, on a cultural level, attempt to find their relationship to our world and our lives. Students are encouraged to read and respond to literature on both a literal and metaphorical level. Students will be reading short stories and examining the literary elements necessary to critical thinking and analysis. This proficiency in the literary elements allows students to take a concrete approach to literary analysis and these skills will continue to be developed in the other two literature courses. 

    The second goal of the course is to learn to organize ideas, in the form of a formal essay, to develop a focused thesis statement, to write in a coherent and organized style, and support arguments and explanations with appropriate references to the literary text. To achieve these goals students will be required to adopt a writing process wherein they outline their essay, write a rough draft, and proofread and edit their work. To this end, the course will emphasize practical written work including grammar exercises and editing skills. As well, students are encouraged to develop their reading comprehension skills, to present their ideas in class discussions, and to continue to improve their writing style.  

  • Integral Calculus  201-115-GA

    The course will lead you to apply the methods of integral calculus to the study of functional models in the humanities. It will teach you to place the historical context of the development of integral calculus, to determine the indefinite integral of a function using integration techniques, to calculate the definite and improper integral of a function over an interval and give its interpretation, to calculate the limits of a function with indeterminate forms by applying the Hospital rule, to analyze a phenomenon using differential equations with separable variables and the convergence of a series. 

    Quantitative Methods 360-300-RE

    The course will teach you how to use the main statistical tools to quantify human realities in order to better understand them. It will familiarize you with the fundamental concepts and basic techniques of the quantitative method as applied to scientific research in humanities. It will also allow you to better evaluate the quantitative information you will be confronted with in your daily life. 

    Business Law  401-323-GA

    The course will enable you to recognize and apply the rules of law that apply to the business world. More specifically, it will provide you with an overview of the legal environment in which individuals, companies, employers, and employees operate by making them recognize and apply the rules of law relating to obligations, contracts and documents specific to the business field. 

    Physical Activity and Effectiveness 109-102-MQ

    This course is about the process of improving effectiveness through an objective-based approach in the context of a sport, expression, or outdoor activity. You will need to take an initial survey and assess your skills and behaviors regarding the practice of physical activity, set goals and interpret your progress to improve. This course aims to empower you by taking charge of your apprenticeships required for your improvement in the practice of physical activity. 

    Literary Genres 603-102-MQ

    This course is designed to provide students with a broad perspective of the literary genres selected from different periods of literature. It will examine three literary genres chosen from drama, essay, novel, or poetry, so that students gain an appreciation for different genres of literature. The characteristics of each genre will be highlighted, and students will develop their interpretation skills by recognizing the importance of specific literary conventions in each text. Students will then present their analysis in well-organized literary essays and oral presentations. 

    Elective Course 1 COM-001-03

    Description to come. 

  • Linear Algebra and Vectorial Geometry 201-325-GA

    The course will teach you to apply the methods of linear algebra and vector geometry to problem solving. It will allow you to translate concrete problems into linear equations and to solve systems of linear equations using matrix methods. You will be able to make connections between geometry and algebra, establish the equation of geometric locations (lines and planes), determine their intersections, and calculate angles, lengths, areas, and volumes. Finally, you will learn to prove propositions and construct representations of geometric locations in the plane and in space. 

    Practical Initiation to Methodology in Social Sciences 300-300-RE

    This course will familiarize you with the various scientific research methods and techniques commonly used in Social Sciences. You will apply your new knowledge by carrying out all the steps of a scientific research. 

    Introduction to Economics I  383-920-RE

    The course will enable you to identify the major characteristics or features of a capitalist economy and explain how it works through basic but rigorous analysis. You will be led to approach the economy from the angle of its major players, its structure, its evolution, its mechanisms, its problems, and its institutions. The two major goals and performance criteria of prosperity and equity will serve as common threads and thus link the various parts or themes. 

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     201-301-RE, Advanced Quantitative Methods 

    The course will enable you to apply advanced statistical tools based on probability theory to decision-making in contexts pertaining to humanities. More specifically, you will be able to address, in a probabilistic context, the two main categories of problems in statistical inference, namely parameter estimation and hypothesis testing. 

    401-343-GA, Accounting 

    The course will allow you to analyze the financial situation of a company. It will introduce you to the collection and analysis of accounting information, the recording of financial transactions and the presentation of financial statements. 

    Physical Activity and Autonomy 109-103-MQ

    This course is designed to help you integrate physical activity into your lifestyle, including better management of the factors that facilitate this integration. During the supervised practice, you will apply the previous apprenticeships by practicing physical activity regularly and sufficiently from a health perspective, on the one hand, and by planning, carrying out and evaluating a personal physical activity program that you have the opportunity to practice and validate under the supervision of the teaching staff, on the other. 

    World Views 345-102-MQ

    This course allows the student the opportunity to apply the critical thinking skills they have acquired in Knowledge to various world views. The course also provides the student with a profound understanding of human beings and human nature by examining various ideologies of individuals, societies, or groups. 

    English: Pre-University 603-C04-GA

     This course is designed to provide students with guidelines to become more effective readers, capable researchers, and skillful writers. The fundamental elements of the course will include reading comprehension strategies for non-fiction works, note-taking methods, exploring the research process, exposure to a variety of argumentative and expository writing patterns, and proper documentation methods. Students will be addressing a number of issues related to their fields of study and will be asked to respond to them critically. Students will judge the credibility of a research source and will use primary and secondary sources efficiently to build a research paper or oral report. The teaching materials and activities will encourage students to be both logical and creative in their approach to redacting a research paper. Students will learn to use technology effectively as both a research tool and a means of presentation.     

  • Integrative Seminar  300-301-RE

    The course will allow you to reflect on the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired throughout your course in the Humanities program. You will be able to reuse them in new contexts in order to continue the process of integrating the learning that has been initiated in all of the program’s courses. 

    Economics and Globalization  383-303-GA

    The course will introduce you to the field of international economic relations and explore the phenomenon of globalization. A major part of the course will be devoted to the origins, nature, and consequences of this fundamental current of human evolution whose economic, social, political, environmental and cultural stakes are determining for the future of humanity.    

    Marketing  401-333-GA

    The course will teach you to identify the relationships between each of the company’s functions in order to perceive all these functions as a system. Thus, the study of the marketing function and the development of a marketing plan will allow you to recognize the interdependence between the company’s functions. 

    Humanities in Social Science  345-C13-GA

    This course allows students the opportunity to apply the critical thinking skills they have acquired in Knowledge and World Views. The course provides students with a profound multidisciplinary understanding of the nature of ethics and contemporary ethical issues specific to social science. 

    French Second Language 602-PGE-R4

    Description to come. 

    Literary Themes 603-103-MQ,

    This course permits students to explore the central message in literary texts. All texts in the course will expand and reinforce the main theme that has been chosen for the course. The texts will be chosen to include a variety of novels, essays, short stories, and poetry. Students will see a connection between the texts as the theme is explored from simpler to more complex interpretations. The evolution of the course requires that students relate to the literature on a personal level and recognize that not only has the literature developed out of a particular set of values in society, but also that the literature has had an impact on society. It is important that students continue to develop their writing skills and be able to explain the literary devices that support the theme with insightful interpretation and well-organized essays. 

    Elective Course 2 COM-002-03

Admission Conditions

General Conditions 

Possess a secondary school diploma or hold a secondary school vocational diploma and have successfully completed the following courses: 

  • Language of Instruction – Secondary 5 
  • Second Language – Secondary 5 
  • Mathematics – Secondary 4 

Special Admission Conditions 

Secondary 5 Maths Technical & Science or Science option 

For more information

Communications and International Activities Department
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1-888-368-2201, poste 1381